In January, Dr. Susan Savage of the Child Care Resource Center and Dr. Jacquelyn McCroskey of the Children’s Data Network were invited to present at the inaugural session of an ECE-child welfare summit designed to improve cross-system understanding and connections. Led by Senator Holly Mitchell and others, this was an effort to bring leaders of the two systems together in order to facilitate understanding and foster collaboration. To that end, CDN and CCRC prepared three documents. The first summarizes our findings of the overlap of children in child care and child protection systems in LA County (Linking Data to Inform Policy for Vulnerable Children), the second discusses how accessing data across systems can facilitate service delivery and provision of appropriate supports (Accessing Data Across Systems is Critical), and the third speaks to the importance of interagency collaboration in that process (Developing Inter-agency Collaboration).
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